Grub Lane – O Gauge Layout

Grub Lane used to be our Industrial Engine Shed Layout ‘Norfolk Coke and Tar Co.’ It was withdrawn from the Exhibition Circuit in 2016 and sold to my Son John.

It has been returned to me for refurbishment, name change and a lengthened fiddle yard. I have managed to do all of this today apart from getting the letters for the name.

This layout is proof that everybody has room for a O Gauge layout using small tank engines and short wheelbase stock. Even with the 5″ extension it is still just under 5′.

It is now available for Exhibition bookings.

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Playing with the big boys !!

Over the weekend I decided to name and number some of my larger O Gauge Loco’s. I purchased them all when they first came out, one to five years ago.

They still have to be varnished over the plates and transfers and then weathered, so this is the ‘before’ and the after will be posted later.

D9006 The Fife & Forfar Yeomanry -CLASS 55 – Livery 1964-67

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D9019 The Royal Highland Fusilier -Class 55 – Livery 1967-68

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D118 -Class 45 -Livery 1967-68

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D217 Carinthia – Class 40 -Livery 1964-67

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Making Tree armatures

At the Bressingham Narrow Gauge Exhibition I noticed that a trader was selling a jig to make tree armatures. The trader Norfolk Heath Works was selling a kit that included the jig, reel of wire and a jar of latex. I duly purchased a kit and the next day out came the jig to ‘have a go’. The jig is graduated in feet for the height of the tree from ground level, this covers N Gauge, OO Gauge and O Gauge. The kit costs £15.

You simply wind the wire around the steel pegs until you have done enough for your chosen height, remove from the jig and the cut the tops of the loops. It is then a case of twisting the wire into the trunk and branches. when satisfied keep coating with latex until you are happy with the thickness and shape. Even after coating with latex the armature is fully bendable.

Below are some photo’s of my first attempts of various types and sizes of armatures. I will post further when foliage is added.

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Morlock Heath at Ely Ex.-Loco’s and Wagons

On May 18th we attended the Ely Exhibition – a great show. My thanks go to Shaun and John for supplying the Loco’s and some Stock and to my wife for the Photo’s. The previous post highlights the Road Vehicles and Plant – these ones are the wagons and Loco’s.

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Bacon Rolls before the Show!!!!

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Our thoughts were with Graham who was at home nursing three broken ribs after a Fence Panel attached him after a storm.

 

 

Morlock Heath at Ely Ex. – Plant and Van

On Saturday 18th May we attended the Ely MRC Exhibition with Morlock Heath. This has to be one of the best Exhibitions in the area, the quality of the layouts and traders was excellent. My wife took lots of photo’s of Morlock during the day, here are the ones with Road vehicles and Plant, the Loco’s and Wagons will follow.

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Further Work on Dark Lane Layout

Quite a bit of work carried out on the new layout – details as below:-

All laser cut walls and structures made up – not attached and still to be painted.

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The Layout is now DCC complete – awaiting controller.

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I have added an extra piece to shelf to ensure room for Controller and Stock.

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The sector plate had its final test to all tracks and an extra piece of wood added to ensure that the plate itself was stable at all angles and with a Loco at the very end.

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Steps added in the Ash Pit

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